Katie and the Mona Lisaby James Mayhew
Katie and her grandmother are off to visit the museum again, and tiffs time Katie steps into the Mona Lisa painting to find out what makes her smile. Mona Lisa, it turns out, no longer feels happy because she is lonely, so Katie takes her from painting to painting to try to bring back her smile. They explore several Renaissance masterpieces, and soon the museum is in
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James Mayhew successfully captures the interest of his young readers through this book. It is the element of fantasy that intrigues children of all ages. While visiting an art museum and gazing at 'The Mona Lisa,' to Katie's surprise, Mona Lisa invites her in to her picture frame. Katie discovers that Mona Lisa is actually very lonely and wants to meet new friends. Together, they climb out of the picture and into the museum, exploring all of the paintings in hopes of meeting new people. Who would ever think in their wildest imagination that a 20th century little girl would get a chance to meet the Mona Lisa and experience many kinds of enchanting adventures with her? Their search leads them to discover something different about each painting. The chance to ride on top of a flying lion would certainly be a very surreal experience. Witnessing an angel climbing out of his picture frame to bring order to a museum in such disarray would be quite amazing to see as well! The fact that the stories and characters are uniquely enchanting with each painting keeps the reader involved with the on-going adventure. For the students who are bored with Italian Renaissance art (as I once was),this book cleverly introduces them to these masterpieces in a whimsical way. After reading this book, students won't be able to view the paintings the same way again!